White Dog

White Dog

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Director: Samuel Fuller

Cast: Kristy McNichol, Paul Winfield, Burl Ives

     
 

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A little-seen film, suppressed by Paramount studio executives and never released theatrically in the U.S., this drama is a powerful saga about racism. Julie Sawyer (Kristy McNichol) hits a handsome white dog with her car one night and then nurses it back to health. One day, the theretofore mild-mannered dog saves her life by viciously attacking and killing a rapist

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A little-seen film, suppressed by Paramount studio executives and never released theatrically in the U.S., this drama is a powerful saga about racism. Julie Sawyer (Kristy McNichol) hits a handsome white dog with her car one night and then nurses it back to health. One day, the theretofore mild-mannered dog saves her life by viciously attacking and killing a rapist who breaks into her home. Lucy discovers that the dog has been trained to attack black skin. She consults an animal trainer, Carruthers (Burl Ives), who urges her to have the dog exterminated. But a maverick black trainer, Keys (Paul Winfield), who has tried before to break the training of such dogs but never succeeded, steps in. Director Sam Fuller had made other controversial films, but this one frightened studio executives, who deep-sixed it. It was hailed by critics when it was released in Europe. ~ Michael Betzold

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After attracting unwarranted controversy, director Samuel Fuller's White Dog went unreleased in the U.S. by its distributor, Paramount Pictures, effectively severing the auteur's ties to Hollywood once and for all. A disturbing, allegorical tale of a dog trained to attack only black people, the film was attacked on charges of racism long before its intended release date. In response, Paramount attempted to edit the movie; but Fuller took his final cut to Europe, where it found a more appreciative audience. A master at lurid, sensational social commentary, Fuller directs the film in his characteristically biting, urgent manner. Adapted by the director and Curtis Hanson from Romain Gary's novel, the material is as edgy and provocative anything in Fuller's oeuvre, though it's clear the film decried the central concept of racial hatred. All of the performers, including Paul Winfield, the little-seen Burl Ives, and the once-popular Kristy McNichol, handle the difficult material with care.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/11/2007
UPC:
0018619198285
Original Release:
1982
Rating:
NR
Source:
Televista
Region Code:
0
Time:
1:29:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kristy McNichol Julie Sawyer
Paul Winfield Keys
Burl Ives Carruthers
Jameson Parker Roland Gray
Lynne Moody Molly
Marshall Thompson Director
Bob Minor Joe
Vernon Weddle Vet
Christa Lang Nurse
Paul Bartel Cameraman
Martine Dawson Martine
Alexander Brown Man in Church
Dick Miller Actor
Clifford A. Pellow Actor
Parley Baer Wilbur Hull
Tony Brubaker Sweeper Driver
Karrie Emerson Sun bathing girl
George Fisher Ferryman
Samantha Fuller Helen
Sam Laws Charlie
Richard Monahan Assistant director
Neyle Morrow Sound Editor
Helen Siff Operator at animal asylum
Hubert Wells Trainer
Nick Vanoff Actor

Technical Credits
Samuel Fuller Director,Screenwriter
Daniel Attias Asst. Director
Ellis Cohen Costumes/Costume Designer
Jon Davison Producer
Brian Eatwell Production Designer
John Frazier Special Effects
Romain Gary Original Story
Bob Gravenor Sound/Sound Designer
Bernard Gribble Editor
Curtis Hanson Screenwriter
Richard Hashimoto Associate Producer
Geoff Hubbard Set Decoration/Design
Barbara Krieger Production Designer,Set Decoration/Design
Ennio Morricone Score Composer
Edgar J. Scherick Producer
William P. Scott Asst. Director
Bruce Surtees Cinematographer
Nick Vanoff Producer
Gail Viola Costumes/Costume Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- White Dog
1. Found [8:04]
2. Hero [4:30]
3. A Killer [7:16]
4. Trouble [7:15]
5. Help [5:46]
6. White Dog [12:52]
7. Escape [9:05]
8. Killed [4:40]
9. Determined [9:47]
10. A Test [5:12]
11. Owners [3:18]
12. Failed [7:58]

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White Dog 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This movie was quite thought provoking. It gets you to stop and think about how animals and people are influenced by their upbringing and surroundings.
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